Charlotte (Emmeline) North evokes city’s culture and music in York Barbican mural

Charlotte (Emmeline) North’s mural on the Fishergate side of York Barbican

LOOK out for Charlotte (Emmeline) North’s new mural at York Barbican, celebrating the city’s music and culture.

The work has been commissioned by the York BID as part of an ongoing programme to introduce more street art to York.

Yorkshire mural artist and designer North won the commission to design a mural based on the “York Narrative”, representing what York means to the people who visit and live in the city.

Charlotte says: “I think it’s great that businesses are invested in art for the city. I’m thrilled to be creating a mural in York; my mum’s side of my family are from here. We’ve had a great response so far, and it’s been lovely to hear that gentle York accent while chatting to people.” 

Featuring Charlotte’s signature bright and abstract style, reflecting movement, rhythm and connection, the mural is the largest to be commissioned by the York BID so far at 14m long and 2m high.

Created in environmentally friendly paint, it runs along the Fishergate side of York Barbican, a busy route for those accessing the city by car, bicycle and on foot.

Made by Graphenstone, the paint is free of plastic and other harmful toxins and uses natural materials developed into a formula proven to absorb CO2 from the environment, creating a “living” mural that acts as an adult tree.

Rachel Bean, projects and finance executive at York BID, says: “I love the energy and flow of Charlotte’s work. York is bursting with creative talent and this piece beautifully captures that. Our ambition with this project is to create new destination points in the city and hopefully encourage residents and visitors to explore new areas.”

York Barbican manager Sam Ryder says: “Arts and culture is in the bloodstream of the city of York. At York Barbican, we continue to strive to bring the best live entertainment to York, and we are very grateful to be a part of this cultural transformation of the city. Now everyone will take in a piece of the incredible atmosphere that’s created inside the Barbican as they travel past”.

Mural artist Charlotte (Emmeline) Scott

Charlotte (Emmeline) North: the back story

Studied Printed Textiles and Surface Pattern Design at Leeds Arts University with a focus on materials and sustainable design. 

Began her first exterior installation in 2018.

Firm believer in the concept of turning art galleries inside out, having work for all people to see, and hopefully enjoy, as they go about their day. 

Her work can be spotted in York, Leeds, Dewsbury, Batley and Birmingham.

Her studio is at Red Brick Mill, Bradford Road, Batley.